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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Wild Flag

Posted by Rachael McGovern, March 28, 2012 01:07pm | Post a Comment
Wild Flag at AmoebaThe funny, talented women of Wild Flag sat down with us recently for a What's In My Bag? episode. Wild Flag is the first major musical post-Sleater-Kinney project for Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, and includes Mary Timony (Helium) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders) to boot. The four members of Wild Flag had interconnected musical histories during the last decade, playing in various bands that toured or collaborated with each other, but somehow the formation of the Wild Flag was the first time the four of them ever played together at the same time. Wild Flag released their self-titled debut full-length in November 2011 on Merge Records.

You may also know Carrie (and her humor and wit) from the TV show Portlandia which she co-created and stars in with Fred Armisan (SNL).

Unfortunately Janet couldn't make it on the day of the shoot, but Carrie, Mary, and Rebecca shared their picks which included Lionel Richie, Yes, George Jones, Iron Maiden, Destroy All Movies, and more. They also put a call out for a Vinyl Nanny to take with them on tour...



Wild Flag - A New Indie Rock Powerhouse

Posted by Miss Ess, September 22, 2010 11:01am | Post a Comment
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Merge has announced the existence of a new supergroup called Wild Flag and consisting of heavyhitters Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole! This is an amazing crew who have been in bands like Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Helium, The Minders, Croissant Cocktail, Feeble Knees, Dogz, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, @@@, Asia, The Consortium and The Spells. Obviously they are top-loaded with talent and major skillz, and they will be recording an album for Merge shortly. In the meantime, you can check out more here, and they have also planned a quick tour for us lucky West Coasters:

Nov 10 Olympia, WA The Northern
Nov 12 Seattle, WA High Dive
Nov 13 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 17 Sacramento, CA The Hub
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Nov 19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Nov 20 San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 21 Pomona, CA Aladgins

Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker to Tour, Release Solo Album!

Posted by Miss Ess, July 13, 2010 12:56pm | Post a Comment
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Watching Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss musically kick ass as Sleater-Kinney sleater-kinneythrough the late '90s and early '00s was beyond inspiring! They really stood for a particular moment in Olympia-based, riot grrrl-inspired rawk. In 2006, after the classic-rock-y The Woods, which was perhaps their strongest album ever and most promising, the band broke up, leaving us fans with little more than a vague promise they'd perhaps get back together someday.

Well, that someday still hasn't come. Janet Weiss has continued to drum with the awesome Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks; Carrie Brownstein (a longtime fashion hero) intellectualizes about music for NPR; and now, at last, Corin Tucker, who played guitar and sang (more like wailed) in S-K and was one of the band's founding members, is finally releasing a solo album!
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Billed as Corin Tucker Band, Corin, along with Sara Lund and Seth Lorinczi, will be releasing an album October 5 on Kill Rock Stars as well as touring! This all just warms my 19-year-old heart of olde to hear! According to the KRS website, the initial tour dates are as follows:

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"You're No Rock n Roll Fun" by Sleater Kinney

Posted by Miss Ess, September 27, 2008 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Sleater-Kinney's "You're No Rock n Roll Fun" is such a perfect rock song! And the video is hottness. 

A long time ago, I read that this song was inspired in part by Elliott Smith, who tended to be withdrawn and commonly wanted to sit in the corner and hear one song over and over again at parties, lost in thought. It was supposed to be an affectionate calling out of sorts. Either way, the song's a blast.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 7, 2008 07:25pm | Post a Comment
When Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks took the stage to legions of hoots and hollering and a very crowded floor, it was clear that we were in for a rare treat. Malkmus is known for a few bands he’s been in such as Pavement, The Silver Jews and The Crust Brothers. Just last month he was the recipient of the Plug Awards’ Impact Award; known among it’s recipients as the “Indie Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The Jicks (a hybrid of “Jerk” and “Dick,” or Mick Jagger’s name backwards ...) are composed of drum maven Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney and Quasi), Bassist Joanna Bolme (Elliott Smith and The Minders), and Mike Clark on guitar and tripped out keyboards. Fresh from a secret show in Portland and a Sonic Boom, Seattle in-store just before that, Amoeba WAS their San Francisco post-record release show (that is, if you missed them in December at the Great American Music Hall) and the legions of fans and curious folks who crowded the aisles for the 45 minute plus performance couldn’t have been witness to more electric and often psychedelic magic.

With a heavy attack of electric guitar (a la Hendrix) the band grooved into the first song on the album "Dragonfly Pie." The band was on from the start, seemingly commanded by Janet Weiss’ super tight style on the house drum kit, “the best borrowed kit I’ve ever used,” she commented.  However, throughout the performance, all eyes looked to Malkmus for cues.

There had been a bit of equipment talk prior to starting – Malkmus pointed out that his guitar was plugged into the amp Jack White of the White Stripes was notorious for using. “Let’s see what we can do!”  He even joked,  “can we pass on the store credit and keep some of this equipment?”

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